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Surf Coasters Live at Double Down Saloon on 2005-03-06

Topics Live concert

T01--Tsunami Struck
T02--Shark Man
T03--Riding High
T04--Samurai Struck
T05--Midnight Headlight
T06--Flight of the Bumblebee
T09--Typhoon Swell
T10--Beach Monster
T11--Summertime Blues
T13--Jack the Ripper

Collection SurfCoasters
Band/Artist Surf Coasters
Venue Double Down Saloon
Location Las Vegas, NV

Source Shure VP-88 M-S Mike>MIO2882>Mac G4 PB>Peak 4.13 24 Bit
Lineage Dithered to 16 Bit in Peak; MacFlac for lossless compressed files
Taped by Rev. Willis
Transferred by Rev. Willis


A frenzied performance from a most precise and intense band. Surf music is the form, Shigeo Naka is one of the great guitarists of all time...


Reviewer: SKYBONE - - May 7, 2008
Subject: dude
this is sick. real sick
Reviewer: Deadheadsurfer - - December 19, 2007
Subject: rediculous
this concert is insane. flight of the bumble bee is beautifully done. they gotta put some more shows up
Reviewer: widebody - - May 1, 2005
Subject: 3 stars
Lotsa energy, decent sound and so-so originality. You really have to be a fan of surf-rock to sit through a hour of it at a time. Very good guitarist, though. A definite must for fans of Dick Dale.
Reviewer: hazbeen - - April 19, 2005
Subject: surf's up
dude! i listened to that show and now i'm grabbin my board and headin to zuma!! any band that plays two "pulp fiction" covers in one set is good with me. virtuoso surf rock.

decent sound quality, i hope these guys post more shows.

ps. is that last review from the valley?
Reviewer: rlw - - April 14, 2005
Subject: Japanese Beatles? Come on...
Yes, the band is tight and the sound quality is pretty good - not spectacular though. However, they sound mostly like Dick Dale. I love Mr. Dale, but his constant hammering/frenetic sound does tend to wear thin after a bit. So do these guys.

As for becoming as popular as the Beatles, puh-lease, these reviews are worthless if you load 'em up with outrageous statements like that.

All in all it's a good show, but the frenzied pace gets on my nerves after a while - give me the Mermen instead...
Reviewer: xtifr - - April 7, 2005
Subject: wow!
Excellent, high-energy show featuring a virtuoso guitarist who obviously loves performing in front of a crowd, and the crowd just as obviously loves him. The rest of the band is very tight too. They do an excellent job with the classic, Miserlou, and a fine surf arrangement of Summertime Blues, and the originals are first-rate as well. This one's going to be in heavy rotation at my house for the next while! :)
Reviewer: - - April 6, 2005
Subject: I like it?
I didn't think I liked this kind of music. This recording has me looking for tour dates in my area. Strange. Good stuff, great recording.
Reviewer: Diana Hamilton - - April 4, 2005
Subject: Smoking in Vegas
Woo, energetic and straight ahead- blammo! These guys are not so introspective-sounding as the Mermen can get, but they sure have the chops for their genre! If you're looking for the adrenaline rush of a big wave (or a bumblebee) coming your way, this is it. From what I could hear from the stage remarks, they've done music for a PS2 videogame. That fits. As mentioned, recording quality is wonderful too.

I should add, if you like Jimi Hendrix, check out t7 (Rumble/Nineteen) in particular. It feels reminiscent of his work. One more track-specific comment: Caution on t11, at the end of the song around the 3 min mark, the emcee sounds like he's shouting directly into the recording mic- very jarring there.

Reviewer: Tyler - - April 2, 2005
Subject: Great surf rock!
Sound Quality: 4 of 5 stars. Great sound... all the instruments are clear and even the screaming audience barely shows up on the recording. The only drag is sometimes when the lead singer yells into the mic it's kinda harsh / raspy, but it sounds like this was the problem of the house sound system, not the recording.

Show Quality: 5 of 5 stars. I had been recommended this show and like stuff from the Mermen, and this sounded interesting... surf rock from japan? i had to give it a listen. AMAZING! ... they fire through their songs, it's great. not 'frenzied' in a bad way at all. the band is super tight, with every note exact and on-spot. 'flight of the bumble-bee' surfrock style is amazing, and of course they have to do the dick dale / pulp fiction theme 'miserlou'.. Highly recommend this and it's a great addition to the archive.
Reviewer: Agricola - - April 2, 2005
Subject: Japanese Beatles?
I was put off by the initial description of this music as "frenzied" -- I imagined some kind of nerve-jangling noise, and I prefer my rock to be a little more on the mellow side. A rock version of Flight of the Bumblebee? Come on. But the accumulation of rave reviews kept piquing my curiosity, so I downloaded it.

I just love being wrong about first impressions! These guys are phenomenal! Energetic, yes. Almost hyperactive. But this is a virtuoso performance, absolutely impeccable. Not nerve-jangling at all, but definitely arousing. The music itself bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Beatles, but I can imagine this group developing a comparably enthusiastic cult following, if they don't burn out first. And the sound quality is superb. This is top of the five-star heap.
Reviewer: mapiper - - March 31, 2005
Subject: What a band, what a show!
This was the first time ever I heard these guys and they blew me away! Very tight, very fast, very great! Thanks so much to Rev Willis from the Mermen list for upping this show. Hopefully more will follow!
Reviewer: stevied - - March 31, 2005
Subject: surf crazy
these guys are good, really tight
Reviewer: Odysseus - - March 30, 2005
Subject: Masters of the Universe
The Samurai tradition is alive and well with the Surf Coasters! The Sons of Musashi Miyamoto! These guys have style so thick you can dip your big toe in it. This is Zen guitar at its finest. The sound quality of this recording is not hi-fi, but the energy level and the enthusiasm of the performance more than makes up for it. The Surf Coasters are like a carefully raked sand garden, scattered with cherry petals. They make perfection seem...effortless.
Reviewer: danzeb - - March 30, 2005
Subject: speed surf
Instrumental surf on speed from Japan. The first of its kind on

Great sound quality.
Reviewer: theGreenManalishi - - March 29, 2005
Subject: Surf Tsunami...ride the wave
The Land Of The Rising Sun unleashes the Surf Coasters upon an unsuspecting public.
First off...Ihave to comment on the sound of the recording. Why is it the consistantly best sounding recordings on the Archives are surf bands (check out the Mermen)? You couldn't ask for a better sound. Now for the performance...the Typhoon has entered the building (this is Las Vegas, after all). This starts off fast...swells...and the breakers never end. They just keep crashing onto the onlookers, and they keep asking for more.
If you're looking for mellow surf tunes best to look elsewhere. The only time they slow down even a little is during Link Wray's Rumble, and the 3 of them turn it into a prize fight by coupling it with Nineteen they reign supreme.
The only draw back I see at all is the Bonzai yells, but hell, I'd be screamin' too if I pulled off a performance like this, so forget I even mentioned it. TORA! TORA! TORA!!!
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